As of April 1st, Harada-sensei has returned back to junior high school (we wish him all the best!) and has been replaced in the International Affairs Division with Matsuda-sensei, who will be the new Japanese PA.
Here are a few words of self-introduction from Matsuda-sensei:
Hello! I’m Keishi Matsuda, new Japanese PA from this April. I had been teaching English in high schools for 13 years until last March. My work here is completely different from what I have done before, but I’ll do the best that I can for the JET Programme with Roland. Also having taught in various kinds of schools, I can give you some relevant advice if you need it.
I had many ALT friends in my twenties. Most of my English has come from them, but words are changing every day. Through this job, I will make efforts to improve my English to help you and express myself correctly. “I help you” means “you help me!” Let’s help each other to make our lives meaningful in Japan.
I was one of the “Rocky Wings”, which was a student exchange programme between Montana and Kumamoto. Now I’m fairly surprised to work next to the State of Montana Japan Trade Office!
I’m looking forward to meeting all of you, ALTs and CIRs. And all tantoshas too, of course! See you soon!